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Germany Extends Free College Education To All Students In The U.S.

Germany Extends Free College Education To All Students In The U.S. | Change Leadership Watch |

“[Tuition fees] discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up study."

....[I]t was decided that from this year on, college education in the country will be free for all students. This week, as the last German state to abolish tuition fees makes its transition to free education, Germany announces that it is extending its gift of knowledge to students from the U.S. and around the world.

German universities do have a request for foreign students....a conversational fluency of German is a prerequisite for applicants coming from outside the country...[and it is] learn the language. Fortunately, there are plenty of programs both in Germany and in the U.S. that offer courses on basic and advanced German.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Germany had free tuition before.  They experimented with allowing regions to charge tuition, and many opted to go back to the tuition free model. There are lessons to be explored here, perhaps from Americans who may choose learning German and study abroad.  

An alternative view has been published in Forbes:  ~  There is No Such Thing as a Free College Education, mentioning German culture and the taxes difference in Germany..  ~  Deb

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It's Not Just Nice to Share, It's the Future: Blue Bikes in the Cities

It's Not Just Nice to Share, It's the Future:  Blue Bikes in the Cities | Change Leadership Watch |

With collaborative consumption — the growing new economy based on access instead of ownership —you don’t have to buy a bike, car, prom dress, DVD, or chainsaw. You rent it or swap for it.

...collaborative consumption is a way to live light, waste less, to protect the environment, to create and associate with a community of like-minded people. But it’s not just a phenomenon of the hip. For everyone, it’s a way to de-clutter and save money. 

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

I first saw the blue bikes in the St. Paul, MN area.  That this discussion and event is happening in NYC may also be a sign of city health returning.  ~

Nassim N. Taleb, the author of Black Swans and Anti-Fragile, specified bikes as an example of something "anti-fragile," or something that improves with some abuse.  In this example, I can see why with a more systemic look. at access to bikes.  ~   D

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